Sounds of the Wells

Sounds of the Wells

Tunbridge Wells has so many positives going for the area: its history, beautiful parks, great shopping, lovely restaurants and a varied cultural offer, which includes our vibrant live music scene that covers a wide range of music to suit all tastes and ages. In the town centre alone there are a number of venues that host live music throughout the year. At the top end of the town there is the Assembly Hall Theatre, and across the road, housed in a converted Grade two listed church, is the independently run Trinity Theatre. Just down the road near the Pantiles, and sitting proudly on the Common, is the independent music venue The Forum which as well as celebrating its 20th year in 2013, also won the NME Best Small Music Venue award in 2012. On the Pantiles, there is The Grey Lady Music Lounge, as well as a bandstand, both of which enjoy a number of live music events throughout the year.

Another positive for Tunbridge Wells is that we host a number of music festivals over the year. This starts with The Forum’s very own ‘Unfest’ held over the last bank holiday in May. The one & only Local & Live, in its eighth year, will be held over the August bank holiday weekend. It will showcase over a 100 local original music acts, demonstrating just how much talent there is in the local area. On the classical music front, we have the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival which is in its tenth year and will be held over two weeks in late September and early October across a number of venues. The prestigious International Young Concert Artists’ Competition has been running bi-annually since 1979. All of this is in addition to a lively set of pubs and clubs offering everything from rock and jazz groups to more unusual fare such as The Tunbridge Wells Ukulele Group.

Not only are all these an enjoyable way to spend leisure time with your friends and family, but they bring in vital commerce to the town centre, and with your help there is potential to grow this offer and encourage more people to visit our town.

With this in mind a number of the key players from the live music scene have formed a collective called ‘Sounds of the Wells’ which aims to promote Tunbridge Wells as a main live music destination in the South East.

If you would like to know more on how you and your business can help and support ‘Sounds of the Wells’ from the start, just get in touch with me, or any of the individual festival organisers listed over the page!

Best wishes

Caroline Derrick
caroline.derrick@tunbridgewells.gov.uk